After 37 years at 50th and Ewing, Pearson’s Edina Restaurant — technically, the restaurant was a block east of the Edina/Minneapolis line — called it quits on Sunday. (My colleague Paul Walsh spoke with Marston Pearson; find his story here).
But the building didn’t stay empty for long. On Wednesday at 7 a.m., the space will be rechristened as the 50th Street Cafe (3808 W. 50th St., Mpls.). The new owner is John McCarty, the breakfast-lunch mogul behind the New Louisiana Cafe and the Grandview Grill in St. Paul and the New Uptown Diner in Minneapolis. He's following the same formula at 50th and Ewing, with an all-American breakfast/lunch format.
The signage has already changed at Pearson's, now the 50th Street Cafe.
Pearson’s fans will be pleased to learn that, along with the super-cool setting, McCarty is retaining a handful of standards, tagged under the “Pearson’s Favorites” label: a hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and green beans, chicken pot pie, salmon casserole, Swedish meat balls and a Reuben sandwich.
No word on whether Pearson’s lutefisk holiday tradition will continue. Let's hope so, it's a dying local art.
Pearson's famous holiday lutefisk dinner. Star Tribune file photo.